Wilderness Walk: Blackhawk Beatdown Edition

Nick Leddy, not being the Blackhawks' savior. - Hannah Foslien

Well, maybe "beatdown" is too strong of a word, but it is an alliteration, so shove it.

So, there was a game last night, and you can find my thoughts on it here.

But I did leave this out: Congrats to Kyle Brodziak on getting his 200th point last night! He gets a lot of grief, but he has a really thankless job on this team, and it's nice to see him get a career milestone in.

There really isn't a ton of Wild news to close out the week in, unless you consider Zach Parise modeling some pretty horrific Team USA sweaters news. But there are a few things to check out, so on to the Walk!

Wild News

Game Recaps

Chicago scores late but Wild tops defending Cup champs 2-1 | Star Tribune

Wild 2, Blackhawks 1: Minnesota tops defending Stanley Cup champs - TwinCities.com

Kuemper and the Wild shut down the Blackhawks in 2-1 home victory

Wild Game Notes: 1-23-14 vs Chicago | Hashtag Hockey

Other News

Parise back after stint as Olympic 'model' | Star Tribune- Parise. He's so hot right now!

Parise models USA gear, will play tonight for Wild | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Parise played last night, because he realized that maybe there was more to life than being really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking.

The Team of 18,001: Zach Parise Models Team USA Apparel- He can't turn left! He's not an ambi-turner!

Minnesota Wild: Jason Zucker moves to fourth line, penalty kill - TwinCities.com- Well, the Wild DID want him to get better defensively. Maybe he's a kinesthetic learner, and has to learn by doing?

TFD: Wolves have a better chance of making playoffs than Wild, stats say | RandBall | StarTribune.com- According to SportsClubStats, the Wild improved their playoff chances to 52%.

Tending the Fields

Ranking the top 50 prospects for the 2014 NHL draft - ESPN- Do you like paywalls? If so, you can sneak a preview of next year's draft.

Off the Trail

Vanek would re-sign with Isles ‘even if they traded me’ | ProHockeyTalk- That's interesting, and throws a wrench into #VanekWatch. Not to mention that this may end up killing his trade value.

NHL - Joe Pavelski's versatility is saving the Sharks - ESPN- This may be better suited to tomorrow's "Behind Enemy Lines", but Joe Pavelski's a beast, so you get it early.

Go Outside and Play- Granltland- What to watch for in the remaining outdoor games.

NHL Revealed: 5 things we liked (and 5 things we didn’t) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- A new show premiered last night.

Review: "NHL Revealed" had great content to work with, just did a good job | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

College goalie gives up 200-foot game-losing goal while chatting with fans (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Really sucks for that guy.

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